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Carious Destruction of the Remaining Teeth: Diagnostic and Treatment

  • Hande Sar SancaklıEmail author
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Abstract

Increase in the life expectancy and the health care has led to the rising of the elderly numbers in the populations. Beside the recent demographic changes, advances in the dental materials and clinical dentistry aided those elder individuals to retain more teeth with reduced loss rates. However, due to the ageing and the physiologic change of the dental structures and their supporting tissues, various risk factors relating to the medical conditions and pharmaceutical therapies constitute elevated caries risk status for the elderly. Regarding the gingival recession rates and decreased salivary flow and content, especially root caries occur as one of the major oral diseases with periodontal changes through the ageing years. The present chapter is dedicated to the caries destruction of the dental hard tissues including the ageing-related changes and the diagnosis, prevention and restorative treatment considerations of the root caries in the elder patients.

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  1. 1.Department of Restorative DentistryIstanbul University, Faculty of DentistryIstanbulTurkey

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